Pleasantville Reviews

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October 18, 2008
Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, "Pleasantville" is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable wrapped in the beguiling guise of a commercial high-concept comedy.
June 24, 2006
An ingenious fable, screenwriter Ross's directorial debut playfully spoofs the small-minded lifestyle idealised by 'family values' advocates, and the intolerance and insecurity underlying that ideal.
November 6, 2002
The lighthearted fable Pleasantville takes some pointed swipes at the make-believe world of 1950s TV -- and none too soon.
June 18, 2002
There's a terrific idea at the heart of Pleasantville, and it's a shame that its creator, Big screenwriter Gary Ross, can't figure where to take it.
April 12, 2002
Endearing it definitely is, so much so that it's easy to overlook the simplicity, and the sly confidence trick that gets played on us.
December 17, 2001
One of the few recent Hollywood films out there that has used new digital technology to truly engage the viewer, and make possible a thoughtful story.
January 29, 2019
Its true strength lies in what it says not only about life, but about ourselves.
August 13, 2011
Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an impressive directing debut with this charming, nicely executed fable, which contrasts values of the 1950s with those of the 1990s.
February 3, 2011
December 27, 2010
Great movie for high schoolers and their parents.
February 23, 2006
Though Ross works in some heavy-handed strokes, his portrait of stodgy Eisenhower America dazzles with some of the loveliest imagery of any 1990s film.
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
April 9, 2005
"Pleasantville" is a solid premier for director Ross, providing a thought-provoking story, solid acting and wonderful special F/X.
April 2, 2005
January 29, 2005
Someday, maybe someday soon, someone in Hollywood is going to make a genuinely great movie about television as a metaphor for America.
May 3, 2004
April 13, 2004
Hollywood satire is not usually this enjoyable: Both savage and silly, Pleasantville is an absolute blast.
May 14, 2003
February 8, 2003
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